Anyone who has wondered what would happen to MySQL now that Oracle has purchased it need look no farther than http://www.mysql.com. The website has been remade in Larry Ellison’s image. My company stopped using MySQL a few years ago (we switched to PostgreSQL), but I saw a press release that there’s a new version of MySQL, so I went to look at the release notes. Problem is, there are no links to documentation from the website. None. So what is there?
- Links in the heading for “Recommended servers for MySQL” (links to Sun/Oracle servers) and “Contact a MySQL Representative” (which has a login form)
- A search form, which can’t find product documentation
- A list of bullet points about the new version, if you click on the right rotating banner ad
- A whitepaper about the new version, behind a login form
- A full-page advertisement when you click on the home page link
But the coup de grâce is that a Google search for “MySQL Documentation” brings up an advertisement—with “MySQL Documentation” in its title—which leads to the whitepaper, login required.
(As a Java developer, I’m not actually surprised by any of this. For the last 15 years it’s been more convenient to use the online Java documentation than to download a local copy. Lately that’s changed. Oh, and for what it’s worth, the MySQL documentation website—it’s always been a separate site—has been Oraclified as well.)